This Fridays Meme from The Heart of the Matter is Homeschooling tips and tricks! This will be a fun one! I hope you can join us!
My biggest struggle in homeschooling was/is staying organized and a head of clutter, or being bogged down with paper! So to help in my struggle... I try to make all the copies I need for school prior to the school year. So my tips are pre planning and storing.
The girls have general notebooks. They are in 3 inch binders. I place tabbed dividers in them that are numbered 1-36. I bought classic dividers from Tapestry Grace. Anything they might need they place in this binder. For tapestry of grace its maps, student activity pages, history pages, card stock for lap book folds and any writing assignment. These are printed before school starts in August. Each week they know right where the work is at. The only thing missing is the lap book folds and you will read about that down below.
We also have the same for science. Here is a picture of RyLees Science notebook. Inside you will find her Happy Scribe pages, lap book pages/card stock, and any written assignment or observation from an experiment. This is from this weeks lesson and we are not done just yet.
Lap book folds:
Another time saver tip is we will cut out 6-8 weeks of lessons one evening and place them in a file folder.
I keep a small folder holder close to us each day. It holds History lap books, science, note booking pages or what ever I know we will need for the year.
Scrambling to print each week burnt me out and was frustrating. This system has been working pretty well for us the past 4 or 5years. Tweaking it a little each year.
The other tip I have to share is we have our book shelf close by. Its in our mud room just off the dining area.
We do not have a school room, so I have to improvise. I also have baskets close that holds the notebooks. It keeps it all in one spot and the kids know where to put it back. I got tired of hearing " Mom wheres my notebook!" *Ü*
They also have a spot for workbooks, math books etc.
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